Bill Whelan Presents: Emily Flack and Séamus Flaherty

Grammy award-winner Bill Whelan introduces some of the most dynamic artists emerging out of Ireland and North America


$24 General / $20 Members

Nov 16, 2018 – Nov 17, 2018



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Bill Whelan’s eminence as the Grammy-winning composer of Riverdance is well known. Perhaps less popularly understood—but deeply appreciated among artists—is his role as a champion of the next generation of Irish talent. 

This season we are proud to welcome Whelan back to Irish Arts Center for a new series, Bill Whelan Presents, featuring the composer at the piano alongside some of the most dynamic young singers, dancers, and musicians emerging out of Ireland and North America.
Join us in the intimate Irish Arts Center theatre as Whelan is joined by Canadian singer-songwriter and step-dancer Emily Flack and sean-nós singer, dancer, and harpist Séamus Flaherty from Connemara. Accompanying them will be Erik Alvar (bass), Alan Murray (guitar), Shane O'Sullivan (percussion), and Haley Richardson (fiddle).

“Delight[s] all in attendance with his intricate steps, haunting sean-nós songs and sensational harp playing.”Journal of Music on Séamus Flaherty
“Celtic star...a young pianist whose accompaniment style showed great understanding of Irish fiddle music.”Herald of Scotland on Emily Flack





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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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